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Bromsgrove Cemetery toilets to be demolished after council U-turn
5:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
SENIOR councillors have decided to close and demolish Bromsgrove Cemetery’s toilets despite originally agreeing to build new ones earlier this year.
But the money is instead being spent on improving Sanders Park’s toilets, with Bromsgrove District Council leader Roger Hollingworth saying he wants this work completed in the next 12 months.
Earlier this year the Advertiser reported on the release of £25,000 to build new toilets in Bromsgrove Cemetery, Church Road - used by families visiting their loved ones graves.
However, Coun Hollingworth explained the initial quotes for the work were too high, and despite an appeal for a Bromsgrove firm to come forward and install the toilets, the lowest unconditional quote made was £37,000.
This led to the matter being considered again at the last meeting of the authority’s cabinet, and members have now agreed to instead spend £5,000 on their demolition.
With £2,000 have already been spent on architect’s fees, building regulation approval, construction drawings, tendering processes and administering contract with builders, the remaining £18,000 is now being used to improve Sanders Park toilets near by.
But Rory Shannon, Labour councillor for St Johns - the ward covering the toilets - has hit out at the council’s U-turn.
“Yet again, this authority has said one thing and done another," Coun Shannon said.
“The council leader promised the toilets would be replaced, set aside the money, but has failed to get the work done.”
He added the decision had been met by dismay by Bromsgrove residents..
Coun Hollingworth said: “I have broken a promise - but I’m not prepared to pour money down the drain.
“The quotes are ridiculous when everything - including the plumbing - is there and all it is, is a building.
“The Sanders Park ones are used. There is nothing wrong with them, but they are looking very tired.”
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